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Macessity releases NX MacBook stand

11/10, 10:55pm

NX stores both laptops and external hard drives

Macessity has released a new product for its line of laptop accessories, the NX stand. The notebook stand features steel construction with an aluminum-color powder coat, with a design enabling users to stand their laptop vertically within a cushioned slot. NX fits a wide range of devices including 13-inch MacBooks and 15- or 17-inch MacBook Pros. It provides a vented opening to help keep the notebook cool, without blocking access to all ports and the drive slot.

MassTransit 6.1 adds new user interface, transfer reports

11/10, 10:20pm

MassTransit adds Linux web client support

GroupLogic has introduced MassTransit 6.1, the newest version of its server-based file sharing utility for Mac. The update delivers features geared towards both new and advanced users, including added support for Linux web clients, as well as international file and folder names with advanced Unicode Double-Byte Character Set (DBCS) capabilities. Other changes include new reports to help optimize file transfer performance, and automated Active Directory account provisioning and management tools.

Vestax and algoriddim intro Spin DJ controller

11/10, 9:40pm

Device can be used with iTunes content

Vestax, in collaboration with Algoriddim, has introduced Spin, a DJ controller for Macs. The device works in conjunction with the DJ software djay 3, enabling users to mix and play music from their iTunes playlists. Touch-sensitive jog wheels can be used in analog mode to mimic the scratch and mixing functions of genuine turntables.

Verizon to get Saygus VPhone Open Development handset

11/10, 8:40pm

Device also works as a Wi-Fi router

Saygus is reportedly readying its V1 Android handset for Verizon's network, according to PhoneScoop. The sideways slider will carry the name VPhone and serve as Verizon's foray into the Open Development Initiative. Highlighted features include the ability to work as a Wi-Fi router for wireless broadband, while a front-facing VGA camera is capable of sharing live two-way video feeds with other users.

Review: BlackBerry Bold 9700

11/10, 7:40pm

RIM's flagship 9700 reviewed on T-Mobile

RIM is not typically known for revolutionary new phones that are entirely different than previous models. The BlackBerry Bold 9700 certainly stays consistent as it is represents an evolutionary step forward from the Bold and other previous BlackBerries. While it's apparent that RIM has put a lot of work into perfecting the design, our Bold 9700 review will see if it's perfect for converting iPhone and Windows Mobile users into devotees.

Bowers & Wilkins intros MM-1 desktop speakers

11/10, 6:50pm

Speakers provide DSP, pebble remote control

Loudspeaker company Bowers & Wilkins has announced its latest set of computer speakers, the MM-1. Each speaker integrates one 3-inch woofer and a 1-inch tweeter, with each driver powered by a dedicated 18W amplifier. The tweeters feature B&W's Nautilus tube-loaded design claimed to dampen resonance and improve high-frequency sounds.

Matrox graphics card can drive up to eight displays

11/10, 5:55pm

Matrox intros two new graphics cards

Matrox on Tuesday prepped for a record-setting launch of the M9188 PCIe x16 Octal graphics card. The PCI Express board supports as many as eight DisplayPort or single-link DVI outputs from a single Linux or Windows computer. The single-slot card otherwise sports 2GB of memory and can handle resolutions of up to 2560x1600 in DisplayPort mode, or enough for a 30-inch display on each jack. DVI is limited to 1920x1200.

New THX-certified Yeti USB condenser mic

11/10, 5:55pm

Mic offers four patterns for recording flexibility

Blue Microphones has expanded its line of consumer products with the Yeti, a USB-attached condenser mic with THX certification. The mic features three of the company's 14mm condenser capsules arranged in a triple array, with support for omni, cardioid, stereo or bidirectional polar patterns. Users can attach headphones directly to the 16 ohm, 130mW amp for direct zero-latency monitoring.

Apple overtakes Nokia as most profitable phone maker

11/10, 5:15pm

iPhone pushes Nokia down to No. 2

Apple is now the single most profitable phone maker in the US, Strategy Analytics said today. Although it has just 2.5 percent share and makes just two similar iPhone models, Apple is estimated to have generated about $1.6 billion in operating profit from its cellphones in the summer where market leader Nokia said it had only generated $1.1 billion. Nokia's second-place finish comes despite it being one of the most experienced phone builders and Apple having only entered the category in 2007.

Sonnet intros Allegro PCIe card with 3 FireWire 800 ports

11/10, 4:45pm

Adapter designed for Macs and PCs

Sonnet on Tuesday introduced the Allegro FireWire 800 PCI Express (PCIe) adapter card. The upgrade features Texas Instruments' XIO2213A FireWire 800 controller, along with three FW ports that support write speeds of up to 70MB/s. Power is provided for bus-powered external drives, audio interfaces, or other equipment, while plug-and-play compatibility automatically supports PCIe 1.1 and 2.0 slots. Users can also connect FireWire 400 devices using an adapter or adapter cable.

Dual GPS cradle brings navigation to iPhone, iPod touch

11/10, 4:35pm

Supports handhelds without built-in GPS

Dual Electronics on Tuesday revealed the XGPS300 GPS cradle, which enables an iPhone -- or the typically GPS-lacking iPod touch -- to perform turn-by-turn car navigation. The device contains its own GPS sensor, and is bundled with NavAtlas' navigation software. Other hardware features include a speaker, rechargeable battery, audio output and a mini USB port.

Japan's NTT DoCoMo outs 19 new handsets

11/10, 4:30pm

19 new NTT DoComo handsets in 4 series introduced

Japanese telecoms provider NTT DoCoMo on Tuesday announced the upcoming release of 19 new phones for its network. Divided into Style-, Prime-, Smart- and Pro-series of handsets, there are some standouts in the range, including the waterproof F-02B that is said to be of jewelry quality and have a snap-on perfume holder or the SH-05B, which was designed by the top models from Seventeen magazine. These are two of the ten new Style series handsets.

Yojimbo 2.1 supports Snow Leopard text features

11/10, 4:20pm

Also adds array of smaller improvements

Bare Bones has released v2.1 of Yojimbo, its Mac organizational utility. The software centralizes miscellaneous scraps of information, such as notes, images, bookmarks and PDF documents. Content can be sorted by category, or else by tag, which allows filtering through the Tag Explorer.

Senator's bill would bar cellphone ETF rate spikes

11/10, 4:10pm

Law forces VZ, others to keep ETF in check

Minnesota Democrat Senator Amy Klobuchar said on Monday that she will introduce a measure to prevent US cellular carriers from raising their early termination fees (ETFs) quickly. The move is a direct reaction to Verizon's decision to double ETF rates for "advanced devices" like the Droid to deter customers from exiting their service early. Klobuchar claims the rate hike has "little to no relation" to the cost of the phone and that it punishes those who depend on cellphones and have to quit for honest reasons, such as moving into regions that don't have coverage.

Orange UK claims 30,000 in first-day iPhone sales

11/10, 3:45pm

Many more units needed to reach record

Orange has already sold over 30,000 iPhones in its first day of UK iPhone sales, according to company figures. Sales began at 7AM local time, and hit the 30,000 mark by 4PM, leaving room for after-work shoppers to increase the launch tally further. The company claims to have broken the all-time record for single-day phone sales in the UK.

Leaked Verizon docs promise Droid update Dec. 11

11/10, 3:15pm

Verizon to address Droid issues in December

The recently launched Motorola Droid at Verizon is already due for an over-the-air update to fix a large number of issues, according to a lengthy document leaked from Verizon. The five pages that are said to have been sent to Verizon Tech Support representatives and reveal an update is due for December 11th. It will address a large number of issues, including adding nesting folders in Exchange Active Sync e-mail, adding a notification icon when sending an e-mail and fixing a lock-up when editing large invite lists.

Hands-on with Rogers' 21Mbps HSPA+ 3G

11/10, 3:05pm

Rogers HSPA Plus tested

Over the past few days, Electronista has had the opportunity to test Rogers' new HSPA+ 3G service to see whether or not it lives up to the cellular provider's claims and see what T-Mobile USA users can expect in the near future. With peak speeds of about 21Mbps, it's theoretically three times faster than the best anyone has to offer on a national level. We'll find out whether that's the case with Rogers' only USB modem for the service and provide an important tip for Mac OS X Snow Leopard users looking to sign on.

Apple preps Core i7-based iMacs for shipment

11/10, 2:50pm

Follows after Core i5 models

Apple has begun prepping for shipment the more powerful Core i7 version of the 27-inch iMac, according to shipping notices. A variant of the already high-end Core i5 model, which began shipping yesterday, the i7 boosts core speeds from 2.66 to 2.8GHz, and also enables performance-enhancing technologies such as hyperthreading. Features are otherwise identical to the i5, including options for up to 16GB of RAM and 2TB of hard drive storage. A Magic Mouse is included by default.

Dell ships fastest office color laser printer, two others

11/10, 1:50pm

Dell ships fastest office color laser printer

Dell on Tuesday released three commercial workgroup printers meant for use by businesses. This includes the 5130cdn, which is being touted as the world's fastest single function letter-size office color laser printer; the 7130cdn, Dell's first LED color printer with tabloid-size printing capability; and the Dell 3330dn, a high-performance monochrome laser printer. The 5130cdn can print up to 47 single-sided pages and 37 double-sided, letter-sized pages per minute in either black and white or full color.

Lenovo IdeaPad U150 now shipping in the US

11/10, 1:05pm

Lenovo ships IdeaPad in the US

Lenovo has began offering its 11.6-inch IdeaPad U150 notebooks in the US. Available in two models, the PCs use CULV processors and run the 64-bit version of Windows 7 Home Premium along with an integrated Intel GMA 4500 graphics chipset. They also share an 11.6-inch, 1366x768 resolution display.

Photoshop gains fixes from Mac OS X 10.6.2 update

11/10, 1:05pm

Some crash, Dock issues eliminated

Yesterday's Mac OS X 10.6.2 update has also solved some problems related to Photoshop, says Adobe product manager John Nack. The fixes are noted to have been tested with help from Apple, and target problems such as application crashes when opening or saving files. Similarly, crashes and program errors should no longer occur when using the Menlo font, in Premiere as well as in Photoshop.

Softbank outs phones, vows 1GHz Android in 2010

11/10, 12:20pm

Softbank announces new winter, spring handsets

Japanese telecoms provider Softbank on Tuesday announced an upcoming lineup of handsets, including revealing that it will launch an Android-powered smartphone by the spring of 2010. The device will use a 3.7-inch OLED and be powered by Qualcomm's 1GHz Snapdragon CPU but has received few other details. Otherwise, Snapdragon is already found or to be found in a number of other smartphones from various manufacturers.

Reviews: Scanner Pro for iPhone, new Snow Leopard books

11/10, 12:15pm

Authors tackle Snow Leopard quirks

MacNN has produced two new reviews, the first covering Readdle's Scanner Pro for iPhone. The app uses an iPhone's camera as a document capture tool, transforming photos into PDFs which can then be uploaded to several destinations or copied back to a Mac or PC. After capturing an image, users can rely on default processing, switch to grayscale, or make tweaks to contrast and brightness.

Google offers free airport Wi-Fi through January

11/10, 12:00pm

Google Wi-Fi hits 47 airports

Google today extended its free holiday Wi-Fi deal to include 47 airports. Major stops in common destinations such as Boston, Las Vegas, Orlando and San Jose will have unrestricted wireless Internet access starting from today and lasting through to January 15th. Two of the airports, in Burbank and Seattle, will have the Wi-Fi permanently.

Intel Reader converts printed text to speech

11/10, 11:30am

Intel Reader converts text, aids the blind

Intel today launched a new handheld specifically to help with reading. The simply-titled Reader carries a camera and automatic text conversion to translate printed text into a digital form that can be read either onscreen or spoken aloud. It's billed as useful to archive text but is focused on helping the blind or poor-sighted read without needing to use Braille.

Xbox 360 802.11n adapter goes on sale at Newegg

11/10, 11:00am

X360 11n wireless adapter now available

After a premature release, Microsoft's 802.11n Wi-Fi adapter is now on sale through Newegg. It provides multiple times more bandwidth than the original 802.11g adapter and uses MIMO (multiple in, multiple out) through twin antennas to both provide a more reliable signal as well as to extend range. Microsoft claims up to twice the range of the earlier technology.

Controversial Boston iPod ad disappears

11/10, 10:55am

Banner replaced without warning

The latest incarnation of a controversial Boston iPod ad has been pulled from the building on which it hung, says the Boston Herald. Measuring some 13,750 square feet, a 2007 banner was larger than normally allowed, and deemed illegal by the state's Outdoor Advertising Board. One or more versions have nevertheless remained in place well through 2009; in June the responsible companies secured a permit after paying a $110,000 penalty.

Moxi releases three-tuner DVR, multi-room bundles

11/10, 10:45am

Moxi DVRs get lower prices, new models, functions

ARRIS, the recent owner of Digeo and its Moxi-branded DVRs, announced on Monday it has overhauled the Moxi line and given it new features. This includes adding a three-tuner version of the Moxi HD DVR and introducing a new Moxi multi-room package that includes the new three-tuner Moxi. At the same time, ARRIS has dropped the price of its existing dual-tuner Moxi HD DVR. The new three-tuner Moxi HD DVR lets users record up to three channels at the same time and watch a program already recorded.

Droid sells one tenth iPhone's numbers on launch

11/10, 10:25am

Droid passes 100K units on first weekend

The Motorola Droid's quiet launch achieved just a tenth the sales of the iPhone 3GS, according to estimates by Broadpoint AmTech analyst Mark McKechnie. He determines in a note released yesterday that Verizon sold 100,000 of the Android phones on launch weekend, or just a fraction of the 1 million iPhone 3GS units that were sold when AT&T launched that device in June. The researcher also estimates that Verizon still had 100,000 Droids in stock by the end of Sunday where Apple's phone encountered weeks-long shortages, particularly outside of the US.

Best Buy to carry $250 notebook

11/10, 9:45am

Acer Aspire to reach record-low price

Best Buy this morning promised to have the least expensive full-size notebook ever in advance of Black Friday. Starting Wednesday, the retailer plans to sell an Acer Aspire notebook for $250, or below the price of many netbooks. The exact model is unnamed but should have a 2.2GHz Celeron, 2GB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive and Windows 7.

Orange UK launches iPhone; O2 offers unlocking services

11/10, 9:40am

Orange counts 250,000 in preregistrations

Orange on Tuesday became the second official iPhone carrier in the UK, marking an end to an exclusivity held by O2 since late 2007. Some 250,000 pre-subscriptions are said to have been recorded by Orange, which if translated into the first 48 hours of sales could put the launch on par with the original in June 2007, when Apple and AT&T sold 270,000 units in the US. Market research group Mediacells suggests that Orange could generate over 795 million in revenue from the iPhone by the end of 2010, though after the cost of purchasing phones the number may shrink to 500 million. Over 1 million Orange iPhone users are predicted.

Moto Droid to reach Canada via Telus as Milestone

11/10, 9:25am

Moto Milestone due for Telus in 2010

Telus this morning gave Canadians their own version of the Droid with an adaptation of the Motorola Milestone. Its version will be fundamentally identical to the European Android 2.0 phone with the exception of North America-native HSPA 3G. Most details aren't available, but Telus is announcing its deal early and says it will have an exclusive when the phone arrives at the start of 2010.

VESA certifies Mini DisplayPort as standard

11/10, 9:00am

VESA greenlights mDP

The VESA group today officially released Mini DisplayPort as a finalized standard. Known for short as mDP, the Apple-developed connector can now be used by other companies to attach displays with the expectation that they will meet all the DisplayPort 1.1a specs. It's expected that mDP will find its way into notebooks beyond the MacBook line but also into video cards with many video outputs, such as the upcoming six-display Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity6 Edition.

Nokia N900 ships, due in North America soon

11/10, 8:35am

Nokia's first Maemo phone now ready

Nokia on Tuesday said it has started shipping the N900, its new flagship. The crossover between its Internet tablets and media smartphones is the company's first phone to use Maemo Linux instead of Symbian and is better-suited to modern computing: it has both a full Mozilla-based browser with Flash but basic multi-touch and multitasking that can support many simultaneous apps open. Helping this is along are a fast ARM Cortex-A8 processor and 256MB of RAM that closely resemble the hardware in the iPhone 3GS.

Ricoh details modular GXR camera for US

11/10, 7:45am

Ricoh GXR to come to US

Ricoh in confirming the full details of its GXR camera system also made the rare move of bringing its cameras to the US. As promised, the approach goes one step further than most interchangeable lens cameras by relying on modular units that contain the lens, image sensor and processor in a single package. Taking this step theoretically gives users the best possible performance for the task at hand: a CMOS sensor accompanies a prime lens to let in as much light as possible, while a CCD can accompany a typical zoom lens.

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